Ori Kawarthas

Rehabilitation Services

Joint Replacement Prehab & Rehabilitation

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Peterborough's Choice for Prehab & Rehabilitation


Joint replacement although intimidating for most, can lead to significant improvements in pain, ability to use a joint, and ability to return to activities you had been previously unable to do.  

  • The rehabilitation after a joint replacement may be nearly as important as the surgery itself.  
  • Restoring the flexibility and the strength of surrounding muscles is important for the joint to work well.  
  • At ORIK, we have extensive experience in the rehabilitation of joint replacements among other surgeries, and utilize only the most successful and proven techniques
  • Exercise is very flexible and customizable.   We tailor your program to your abilities, and help you meet your goals.    For some this could mean returning to distance cycling, and for others just getting up and down the stairs. 


Prehabilitation is the process of maximizing function and mobility before surgery.   Although a joint replacement can replace an arthritic joint, it does not replace the soft tissues around it.  Although not necessary for everyone it can be useful for certain individuals. 

Why Prehabilitation:

  • Strength: Even with best efforts otherwise it can be difficult to keep an arthritic joint strong and flexible. Without noticing it we may avoid certain painful activities over time that lead to a loss of flexibility or muscle strength.  Unavoidably, we also lose some strength in the early healing stages after surgery.  

Pre-habilitation is a way to maximise strength before surgery and make  

  • Avoiding Stiffness after Surgery:
    • Some joint replacement surgeries have high risk of stiffness after surgery (specifically knee replacements, and sometimes shoulders). 
    • This risk of stiffness is more likely if you have decreased flexibility before surgery
    • After knee replacement stiffness is the most common complication
    • You have a higher risk of developing stiffness after a knee replacement if 1. You have decreased flexibility before surgery  2.  If you are overweight 3. You are female sex ( unknown why) 4. If you are a regular smoker 5. If you are on blood thinners 6. If you have had previous knee surgeries 7 Or if you have other systemic health conditions like diabetes
  • In people who have decreased flexibility prior to surgery, or those with multiple risk factors for stiffness, prehabilitation could be considered. 
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